April 27, 2011

Watery Wednesday - Everything Is Wet in Oregon

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I found this picture in one of my folders titled "Oregon August 2005".  Imagine my excitement when I saw this picture with the water droplets on the spider web.  Perfect for Watery Wednesday!!  I think it looks a little bit like glass beads.

There are many more people sharing their Watery shots over at "Watery Wednesday".  Click here and take a look!

April 22, 2011

SkyWatch Friday - Just Hang'in Out in Australia

On my 2nd home exchange to Australia in May 2009 I joined up with the Bushwalkers Club and took a hike through the Australian Rainforest.  Above our heads I could hear this crazy screeching and asked "What kind of bird is that?"

"Look up, Debbie.  Way up in the tops of the trees, towards the sky", someone said to me.  Holy smoly.....bats!!!  This picture doesn't do these guys justice.  They were HUGE!!!

How many bats do you see?

Keep looking towards the sky, you never know what you might see.  And if you like looking up, make sure and stop by "SkyWatch Friday" and see what else is "Up".

April 20, 2011

Watery Wednesday - Hiking in Washington

I don't remember exactly where this waterfall is.....just that this is what I came across when taking a little hike while on a home exchange on the Hood Canal in Washington back in 2007.

Be sure and check out some other great photos over at "Watery Wednesday".

April 18, 2011

Floralia Brussels

Spring has "sprung" here in Belgium, and what better way to enjoy all the colours that this season has to offer then to make a visit to one of the most spectaular gardens I've ever seen.  No, we didn't go to the Nederlands to see the tulips in bloom at the "Kuekenhof Gardens" like thousands of other people do.  Instead, this past Saturday we took the train just about 5 miles to the outskirts of Brussels to a place called "Kasteel van Groot-Bijgaarden". 

 First built in the XIIth century, it is surrounded by a broad moat, its deep waters reflecting the centuries-old beech trees. A five-arch bridge,  crosses over to the drawbridge leading to the fortified entrance dating back to the XIVth century. The castle itself, built in the XVIIth century, is a wonderful example of the Flemish Renaissance.

There are over one million bulbs of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and others, planted on over 35 acres.  Oh My! 

So a little warning.  I took over 200 pictures and no, I won't post them all.  Just some of my very favorites.  Enjoy!

This was my absolute favorite tulip!

I don't have the names of all the different varities, so just enjoy the show!

The picture below is Stijn standing at the top of the heart that you see in the picture above.

There were also azalea's throughout the gardens

And these hyacinths smelled soooo sweet!

I know, I know, how pictures can one take of flowers?

I just love this daffodil!

Thank you for taking the time to "Stop and enjoy the beauty of Spring"

There are many more pictures and you can see them by visiting "Where's Debbie" in the album "Floralia Brussels"

April 15, 2011

SkyWatch Friday - Rainbows

Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Central Oregon
You have to look really hard for this one
Niagara Falls
I love taking pictures of rainbows while traveling.  Nope, still haven't found that pot of gold!

Head on over to SkyWatch for some more pictures of the sky!

April 8, 2011

Our Boston Getaway Ends And So Does The Freedom Trail

As you can see from the picture above, we are about halfway through the "Freedom Trail".  In the middle of it all!

If you've missed my previous posts, just click here to catch up!
Remember the "New State House" from Part 1?

Well, this is the "Old State House". 

Sitting in a tower of skyscrapers, the Old State House has stood here since 1713.  It played a central role in the story of rebellion, from the Boston Massacre in 1770, which sparked the fires of revolution, to the reading of the Declaration of Independence from the balcony in 1776.  During a visit in 1789, George Washington watched a parade from the balcony.
Across the street is "Faneuil Hall" , nicknamed "The Cradle of Liberty". 

Built in 1742 by a prominent wealthy merchant of French descent, Peter Faneuil gave this building as a gift to the town of Boston.  Nice guy!

We spent some time strolling through the "Faneuil Hall Marketplace", which is comprised of Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market.  

Quincy Market
This historic marketplace is now an area full of dining options, gift shops and shopping!

There are several cemeteries in Boston and "The Granary Burying Ground" is one where 5,000 people are buried.  Yet there are only approximately 2,345 gravestones and tombs at this site.

And remember, strangely enough, I like walking through old cemeteries.

But at least in this cemetery there are some people I've heard of!

Like Samuel Adams

and John Hancock, two signers of the "Declaration of Independence"

Even Paul Revere is buried here.

But the most interesting is the grave of the famed "Mother Goose".

She's not listed in the burial registrar in Boston, but apparently, she's also buried at St. Olave’s Church in London, England. There she is actually listed in the burial registrar:1586 September 14th, Mother Goose.

It's been a glorious day, following along the "Freedom Trail" taking in glimpes of heritage!
Our trip to Historic Boston came to an end and so we say "Good-Bye and Good Night, Boston".

Though it may seem like I posted every picture I have, believe it or not there are more!  Just click here "Where's Debbie" and then click on the album "The End of the Freedom Trail"

April 6, 2011

Watery Wednesday - Honfluer France

For many years Honfleur, located on the Normandy Coast, has been popular with artists. Painters such as Monet and Boudin were drawn by the scenery and coastline.

And I could certainly see why after spending the night here while on our trip through France in January 2009.

Many others are participating in "Watery Wednesday".  So please stop by and take a look at some other wonderful Watery Shots!

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